Here is my sewing love. She and I have put a lot of miles in together. I don't want to lose her but give her a little rest. I have had her in my life for 26 years and I will never say good bye to her. She has made some beautiful dresses, quilts, curtains, costumes, decorations, clothes, and purses. She whines a little, but so would I if I had to put up with the abuse she has had to endure. lol
My husband was so sweet to take Friday afternoon off to take me to a little quilt shop about 45 minutes away. It's a Bernina dealership and I went armed with the idea of purchasing one of two machines I had seen in magazines. I had no idea what the price would be, but I knew Bernina had great machines and I really wanted to have a machine with that fancy stitch regulator for free motion quilting. Embroidery is something I'm also interested in but the main feature I'm looking for is a big throat area.
My dream sewing machine is the BERNINA 830LE. This machine has everything I want. It also has a very big price tag. It's not out of the question, but I keep thinking of all the things I could buy if I didn't purchase this one.
I also like the features of the BERNINA 580 E. It's throat area is too small but this machine is wonderful. The BERNINA Stitch Regulator fits on this machine to make fmq a lot easier, but the price of that little gadget makes me wonder if it is that important. So....
I decided to look for a Free Motion Pressure Foot to put on the Kenmore and try my luck. I thought a quilt shop might have one, so I went over to the closest shop to have a look around. No feet, but a class was going on. I met a lot of very nice quilters and they listened to my shopping woes and gave some much needed advice. 75 percent of them either owned a Janome or wanted the machine. Wow, that really got me excited to know that I could have a machine with a big throat at a fraction of the cost of my dream machine. I won't have embroidery, but at this price, I can purchase a separate embroidery machine and still buy thread.... lol
The Janome MC6600P is looking like a great option for me. The price is right and it has some great features with some fun stitches. I could do more that stitch a straight (somewhat straight) line. It has a lot of room for king size quilts, which is one of the main features I want.
I left the quilt shop ready to go home and start my Internet comparison shopping....again. But, I still wanted to find a FMQ foot for the ole Kenmore. I found another Sewing Machine dealer with a google search on my phone and decided to head over there. This is my last local chance for a foot. The search didn't reveal what kind of machines they had, but I was willing to take a chance. I'm desperate for supplies around here.
The instructor, Leah, uses a Janome Horizon 7700, but I've read there may be glitches. I've read good and bad about all machines though.
Here are a couple links I've used in the search:
If you have any advice, I'm welcoming thoughts. Please.
I need to sew and quit worrying about the next machine of my life,